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Service: How to Make Your Spring Break Service-Oriented

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I don’t know about you but spring fever has infected my family in a HUGE way! It snowed 4 inches yesterday alone, and then melted into a lovely 50 degree day (we went for a bike ride after school!). For Spring Break this year, we are hosting our own Staycation’. We’ve scheduled fun and entertaining family time including: outdoor service projects and volunteer time. Enjoy the Spring!

How to Make Your Spring Break Service-Oriented

Spring into action with these 10 fantastic volunteer ideas:

Give Back and Get Outside

  1. Walk a 5k/Charity Walkathon: Make giving back and doing good even healthier! Grab the kids and participate in an athletic event where registration proceeds are donated to a good cause.
  2. Community Clean Up:  Care for the earth around you by gathering your family, friends and neighbors and organizing a community clean up.
  3. Disaster Relief: Severe weather has affected a large amount of the nation within the past year. Encourage your family to donate a day of clean up or rebuilding for an affected nearby town. Alternative:  Collect school supplies and donate to a hard-hit school.
  4. Animal Shelter/Adoption Event: Contact your local humane shelter and ask if you can help at the next outdoor adoption event. This could be transporting animals, bathing and grooming, or just helping handle animals as potential adopters visit.
  5. Pool/Birthday Party Food Drive: The next time you host a pool or birthday party, ask for canned and non-perishable food donations as “entry.” Donate the collected goods to a local food bank.
  6. Plant Flowers at a Local Shelter: Grab bright colored flowers and spend a day weeding, mulching and brightening up a local homeless shelter’s yard or walkway.
  7. Bake Sale: Whether it’s your school, church or nonprofit, chances are goodies are up for SALE this spring break!  Check out VolunteerSpot’s free  bake sale ebook, find recipe ideas on Pinterest and get bakin’!
  8. Lemonade Stand:  Kids love this novelty fundraiser that can be set up right in the yard.  Great for practicing math and getting to know the neighbors. Consider donating the profits to a local organization!
  9. Get in on the Easter Egg Hunt fun: This age-old tradition is a super way to get outside and enjoy the weather.  If your spring break coincides with the holiday, volunteer to help fill or hide eggs and chaperone kids during the hunt!
  10. Help Local Organizations: Contact your local food bank and find out if there are open volunteer spots for your family to help sort, stock or pack food one day.

Need some ideas for organizing your own Spring event (e.g. School Carnivals, Field Days, or Teacher Appreciation Week)?  Free online sign up sheets save TIME and energy. Check it out today at VolunteerSpot.com!

What spring events are you organizing right now? Are you using volunteers and if so, how are you utilizing them?

 

In a former life, Carissa Rogers was a molecular biologist. In her current life, she is the chief researcher of bloggy karma, parenting dos (and some don’ts), new recipes, and for spice she pretends to be a photographer. Carissa writes freelance for the 'goodncrazy' of it! She started blogging in February of 2008 and publishes her good & crazy thoughts on GoodNCrazy.com. Also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Bio: In a former life, Carissa Rogers was a molecular biologist. In her current life, she is the chief researcher of bloggy karma, parenting dos (and some don’ts), new recipes, and for spice she pretends to be a photographer. She started blogging in February of 2008 and publishes her good & crazy thoughts on GoodNCrazy.com. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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